Oval gem with Perseus holding head of Medusa
1st century A.D.
Length: 11 mm (7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Light brown glass. Intaglio. Perseus, facing left, bends forward and holds the head of Medusa in his left hand and a sword in the right. He steps on an orb/circle/rock with his left foot. He wears a chlamys tied at the neck that flows down his back. Across his forehead, a series of three pellets to indicate hair. Head of Medusa shows frontal, with flat, wide nose.
By date unknown: C. Wissmann Collection (according to MFA archival card: from the Buffum Collection); gift of Miss C. Wissmann to MFA, April 1, 1902
Gift of Miss C. Wissmann